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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-04, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow sub 40KM/hr braking getting dodgy

When I first got my car her braking was awesome. Pulled up reeeeally quick.

Lately though (last couple weeks), I've noticed, when I brake from 40 to 0, it's been making a slight shudder. Remember when you were kids and you had dodgy brakes on your bicycle, where it would grip-half grip-grip again..Thats what mine is kinda doing.

I'm not sure how noticable it is as a passenger, but as a driver I can really feel it. I can also feel my braking distrance has increase. At 80-100KM/hr, it's fine and the braking feels the same.

I was thinking about poping down to a break specialist, but I'm unsure if I will act on what they say as I'm sure they'll throw alot of bullshit at me.

Does this basically mean I need new brake pads?
How can I tell if I need my brakes machined aswell as new pads?
What about brake fluid?
Finally, if I have to replace pads. Which ones should I go for in an AU2 falcon forte? Probably looking at getting some decent ones as the roads I drive in brisbane aren't exactly occupied by the best drivers..

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Re: sub 40KM/hr braking getting dodgy

Might pay to change your fluid, and check the meat left on the pads.
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Re: sub 40KM/hr braking getting dodgy

Is there any vibration at speed when you aren't braking? If so, could be out of balance or out of round tyre. Otherwise, sounds more like a warped disc - may be able to machine it, but don't be too surprised if you need a new one - don't think they are that expensive though.

If you know someone who has a dial indicator, you can check the runout against specs - someone else on this forum may be able to tell ya the specs for max runout.
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Re: sub 40KM/hr braking getting dodgy

Naa. there isn't any vibration when I'm not braking. Braking is fine, I've just notice it's not as responsive sub 40KM/hr and that when I'm slowly pulling her in sub-40KM/hr, it vibrates/shudders the car (slightly enough that a passenger can feel it). Either that, or the car has magically increased it's torque requiring me to brake harder on start/stop peak hour traffic :p

My guess is just that I need new pads and maybe a machine on them. Any recommendation on pads and someone in Brisbane I should pop down to?
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